It was announced almost three weeks ago that Chris Pine, 39, will play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, a real-time drama how the trusted CBS anchorman and various CBS staffers handled the incoming news of JFK’s assassination on 11.22.63. Pine will have to either gain weight or wear chubby-face makeup in order to resemble the 44 year-old Cronkite, who was rounder and older-looking on that day, even by the standards of the early ’60s, and not especially handsome.
But at least Pine will make for a better Cronkite than Seth Rogen would have…good God, that would’ve been terrible! Responsible parties (including director David Gordon Green) actually wanted Rogen to play the legendary newsman.
I’ve read a draft of Ben Jacoby‘s Newsflash script. I found it steady and convincing — smoothly written, well-researched, not brilliant but very decent. Cronkite is the stalwart, steady-at-the-tiller hero, of course. CBS honcho Jim Aubrey is the villain of the piece.
A script for the Dean film apparently hasn’t been written yet.
Variety‘s Matt Donnelly: The film will follow the life and political saga of Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from July 1970 through April 1973.
The Dean film will probably turn out to be be a more interesting project than Newsflash, for the built-in dramatic conflict (i.e., a young believer in Nixon and the Republican cause experiences an agonizing re-appraisal when the Watergate shit hits the fan) if nothing else.